One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Unable to leave one's house, typically due to illness or old age.
- ‘Well done indeed to all who visited elderly or housebound neighbours during last week's stormy conditions to make sure that all was well.’
- ‘Those in pain, or housebound by illness, will not be impressed by waiting list cuts if they are still expected to wait years for treatment.’
- ‘A disabled York man claims he will be made housebound and jobless if his specially-adapted car is taken from him.’
- ‘A home library service in Pendle is appealing for more housebound customers after it became inundated with eager volunteers.’
- ‘Meals are provided 365 days a year to those who are elderly and housebound and unable to cook a hot meal for themselves.’
- ‘They provide over 400 hot Sunday meals for housebound Londoners with Aids-related illness.’
- ‘I am disabled and housebound, so have to put up with it all day, every day, and have been campaigning alone for nearly four years about this dreadful noise.’
- ‘In the April issue a disabled, housebound reader was asking for your help in finding a source of house plants by mail-order.’
- ‘A disabled couple were left virtually housebound when heartless thieves stole their car with their wheelchair inside it.’
- ‘A disabled man said he would be left housebound for months because he must wait to be assessed for equipment he needs to help him walk.’
- ‘All housebound parishioners will be able to receive Holy Communion on Christmas Day from the Eucharistic Ministers.’
- ‘The service will also include home visits for some housebound pensioners and disabled people.’
- ‘The last delay came on Thursday, leaving Mr Lewis, a support worker at a unit for youngsters with disabilities, practically housebound.’
- ‘Mrs Booth, who cares for her housebound husband, said she would not let the attack stop her going out, although she still thought about it constantly.’
- ‘Without marijuana, they'd be housebound - weak, unable to hold down food and wracked with muscle spasms.’
- ‘What about elderly, disabled or housebound residents or people on low incomes who have to pay fares to get to the town hall?’
- ‘Despite months of hospital treatment and seven operations, Lauren is still unable to walk without the aid of crutches and is virtually housebound.’
- ‘He was virtually housebound, unable to comb his hair or even make a cup of tea.’
- ‘Holy Communion is brought to the sick and housebound after the 9 a.m. Mass on the second and third Sunday of the month.’
- ‘The sick and housebound will be visited at the usual times.’
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